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Old 04-15-2010   #31 (permalink)
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Michele Obama's first solo trip: Mexico.

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On a visit to Mexico, first lady Michelle Obama said today that in despite recent drug-related violence along the U.S. border, Mexico is still a safe country for Americans to travel with their families and said she hopes to bring her daughters south of the border for a visit.

"Our embassies are not discouraging American visitors. I think that they are encouraging them to be aware and to be smart as they travel," she said in an interview with ABC News today. "I think that's good advice anywhere in the world, you have to be smart, conscientious, particularly young people who are taking their spring breaks and their minds are elsewhere."

"I would encourage any American to spend time here," she said.
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Michelle Obama a hit in Mexico - The Boston Globe
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That's awesome.. I'm not a democrat but I do like Michelle Obama... Seems like a nice lady. Also, liked seeing the pictures of the school girls. Reminds me of the schoolgirls I saw in our drive through Playa on our way in.
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I frequently get questions from from family and friends re: drugs, safety, etc in MX. My reply is always the same: No I don't feel unsafe in Playa and drugs are not a problem, although of course they are there. This is because I don't go to places known for these type of things. I stay on 5th Ave. at night and don't hang out in unfamiliar places. In the 10 years I have been going to Playa, I have never ever had the slightest problem.
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Well I think mexico will need more promotion this year since the swine flu is gone anyway there's something going on for sure with our big brothers 4sure no doubt about it
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things like this are a weekly occurrence now in Guerrero, particularly Acapulco. Such a shame, Aca used to be THE place to go in Mexico.

5 killed while playing soccer in southern Mexico
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We have traveled through South America, from Buenos Aires, Chile, up through Bolivia, Peru, Columbia, Venezuela on two seperate occasions, all overland using local buses and staying in town hostels and guest houses.

We've also traveled through Central America on numerous occasions.

We've always travelled with caution wherever we've been and not really let our guard down too much unless we've been in the place for long enough to judge the situation.

We lived in London for many years, and I have been beaten up once, mugged once, and had countless near assaults. When we move around in London, we're always aware of where we are and the people around us. This attitude, we take with us wherever we go.

We have had a couple of scary incidents in Latin America, but nothing that would stop us returning to those places.

Last September we journeyed down through the coastal side of western Mexico by car, again staying in small hostels and guest houses, and we had no problem. We've been throughout this region and across the yucatan and again, no problem.

To be safe is really a mute point, nobody's safe really, anywhere, and if someone who is reading this is expecting to be cossetted by warm words of encouragement about Mexico, you won't find any. There are murders and kidnappings, that's clear to see, but thankfully the risk is minimal while the coverage is sensational.

Mexico is a wonderful country with wonderful people that needs to be explored. You need to come here with an open mind, warm heart and some street sense.

And learn some Spanish
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things like this are a weekly occurrence now in Guerrero, particularly Acapulco. Such a shame, Aca used to be THE place to go in Mexico.

5 killed while playing soccer in southern Mexico

Link's broken.

We stayed there for a week last Oct and had a blast. Great city, but there are close on to a million people who live there, it's a vast place.

We didn't see any issues, although one day we saw a car being pulled over by the army, it was quite a spectacle, they ripped the occupants out the car, threw them against the wall at gun point while they went through the vehicle. 10 minutes later, the left, seemingly satisfied that there was nothing of any import in the vehicle. The passengers looked nonplussed by the whole thing.
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From Yahoo News

Mérida, Mexico – Bill Engle is outside, sweating in work clothes while he oversees renovations to his colonial house in Mérida, Mexico. It sits on a street dubbed "Gringo Gulch," a pretty row of baby blue, violet, and mustard facades where expatriates outnumber Mexicans.
"It is not the climate," says Mr. Engle, explaining why he moved to the Yucatán Peninsula. "It is the people. It is the most welcoming place."
Americans scared off by violence in Mexico? Not here.
In towns far from the US border such as Mérida, Mexico's drug wars seem like another world. In fact, according to a recent survey by the International Community Foundation, violence reduced the frequency or duration of trips to Mexico for only 7 percent of American retirees who live or travel frequently to Mexico.
No one knows how many foreign retirees, entrepreneurs, and families relocated to Mérida in recent years, but judging from real estate deals, new members to the English-language library, and observations by locals, it is not a few – nor is it ebbing.
'As safe as Seattle'"I feel more part of a community here and safer or as safe here as I did in Seattle," says Martha Lindley, a retired chaplain and lawyer who moved here three years ago.
Of 5.25 million Americans living abroad, 1 million are estimated to live south of the border. Some communities, such as San Miguel de Allende (a Heritage Site in central Mexico), seem virtual US suburbs. Mérida is becoming a magnet as transplants rush to buy old mansions and haciendas from the 19th century boom in henequen (a fiber used to make rope).
"I do not feel any violence here," says Dan Karnes, a retired lawyer from New Orleans who moved here last year. He purchased an 18th-century colonial mansion, last used as a warehouse, and on a recent day was overseeing workers digging a pool foundation and laying an oval courtyard. When done, Mr. Karnes will boast an 18,300-square-foot home.
Mérida housing market rebounds with retireesMérida became a hot destination five years ago, says Mitch Keenan of Mexico International Real Estate. He's sold homes here for 15 years. While the global recession hurt sales, he says the market is rebounding and sending in more well-heeled retirees.
With America's baby boomers retiring, potential for further growth is huge. The International Community Foundation found that Mexico remains their retirees' No. 1 travel destination. The possible extension of Medicare benefits to Americans who retire abroad could further fuel that.
Ellen Fields and her husband, Jim, run the site Yucatanliving.com and help expatriates settle here with the company Yucatan Expatriate Services. "It is so neighborly," she says. She once left her keys in her door; instead of getting robbed, the keys got returned. "It is so neighborly," she says. She once left her keys in her door; instead of getting robbed, the keys got returned.
Locals say foreigners blend easily with the city's 1 million residents.
Alvaro Martinez and Sara Lopez, who moved to "Gringo Gulch" 70 years ago, long before it earned its nickname, are one of two Mexican families on the street. "They are good neighbors, there are never any problems," says Mr. Lopez, his arm draped around his wife. "They are moving in all around us."
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6 bodies found in a Cancun Cave??

Does anyone have any info on this?? 3 of the victims had hearts cut out? This is terrible

Bodies With Hearts Cut Out Found in Mexican Cave Outside Cancun - AOL News
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Does anyone have any info on this?? 3 of the victims had hearts cut out? This is terrible

Bodies With Hearts Cut Out Found in Mexican Cave Outside Cancun - AOL News

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Old 06-12-2010   #42 (permalink)
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Thought this site may be useful from travel.state.gov
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Bodies found in QR cenotes

Does anyone have any more specific information, as far as where this was? Have any more details emerged on this story?
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Does anyone have any more specific information, as far as where this was? Have any more details emerged on this story?
What kind of specific information would you like?
The location was given in the article.
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location of cenotes

Where was it? The article I saw only said "near Cancun".
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